Tuesday August 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire County unemployment rate increased slightly in July, but the rates in the cities of North Adams and Pittsfield are a point higher than they are regionally and remain above the state average.

The county rate increased from 6 to 6.1 percent last month. But unemployment in the city of North Adams is 7.3 percent, while it's 7 percent in Pittsfield. Both those rates are higher than the state's non-seasonally adjusted rate of 6.6 percent, according to figures released by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday.

National unemployment is at 8.3 percent.

Among the county's three labor market areas, unemployment increased slightly in Pittsfield and Great Barrington, but remained the same in North Adams. Only three of the state's 22 labor market areas experienced increases in July.

On the plus side, unemployment in the Berkshires remained below 7 percent for the fifth straight month, and is over a half point lower than it was 12 months ago.



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